Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP

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Baltimore, MD 21202, United States

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Utility to Small Business of New Top Level Domain Names Questioned

This spring, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit private organization charged with coordinating internet addresses, released 600 new generic top level domain (gTLD) names, including…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Baltimore City Council Adopts IgCC

Lost in the noise from the Baltimore City Council’s recent adoption of legislation requiring police body cameras and banning plastic bags, was news of the Council’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). …more
| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

MD Insurance Commissioner Holds Hearing on Draft Proposed Changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles

On Friday November 21, 2014, the Maryland Insurance Commissioner held a hearing to gather information from the industry on the draft proposed changes to COMAR 31.15.12 – Valuation of Motor Vehicles. The draft proposed changes…more
| Personal Injury, Insurance

MIA says Price Optimization Violates Statute; Opportunity for Regulatory Challenge Arrives in 2015

On October 31, 2014, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 14-23 titled “Unfair Discrimination in Rating: Price Optimization,” promising to bring future regulatory action against any company that fails to abandon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Insurance

Maryland Insurer Not Permitted to Rely on Business Pursuits Exclusion to Deny Duty to Defend Where Continuity of Business Interest and Profit Motive Were Unclear

In Springer v. Erie Insurance Exchange, the Court of Appeals set out to determine whether the allegations in a complaint for defamation triggered the Business Pursuits exclusion in a homeowner’s liability insurance policy and,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance

Court of Appeals Rejects Mandatory Treble Damages Under Wage Payment and Collection Law

Last week, in the case of Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc., the Court of Appeals had another opportunity to reflect on the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”) and specifically discuss the application of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

What Should I Know About Maryland Estate and Gift Taxes in 2014?

Since 2004, the State of Maryland has had a separate estate tax with an exemption level of $1 million per person, in contrast to the federal estate tax exemption which currently exceeds $5 million and is indexed for inflation…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Baltimore Businesses: Ban the Box or Jump in Jail!

Employers employing 10 or more full-time equivalent employees in the City of Baltimore beware: if you use criminal conviction information before making a conditional offer of employment, you risk criminal penalties under…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Subrogation Alert - Hodges v. Federal-Mogul Corporation

A recently-published decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia should be expected to have an immediate impact on the use of expert testimony in subrogation cases in that region. The case, Hodges…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation, Insurance, Products Liability

Legislature acts on dog bite liability – Landlords happy. Dog owners? Not so much.

After several failed attempts in prior legislative sessions to take action against the Court of Appeals holding in the 2012 “pit bull” case of Tracey v. Solesky the legislature finally succeeded in passing a new dog bite…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

FIO Report Sets the Stage for an Active Year in Insurance Regulation

It has been the perfect sort of winter for curling up with a good read, and this winter brought us some of the most highly-anticipated reading material of the past few years: the December 12, 2013 report prepared by the Federal…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Emerging Trends in Lawsuits Against Real Estate Professionals

The current real estate market has caused an increase in activity for real estate professionals. With this increase in activity, there has also been an increase in litigation against real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, home…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Real Estate - Residential

Maryland Court of Appeals Agrees to Reconsider Maryland Common Law on Construing Insurance Contracts

On January 24, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by People’s Insurance Counsel Division and in doing so agreed to reexamine Maryland common law on construing insurance contracts…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Another delay in the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate - A Reprieve For Many Employers

The Obama administration announced last week that some mid-sized businesses would have an additional year to comply with the employer mandate or “pay or play” provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The employer mandate requires…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Passing the Buck: The Impact of Maryland's New Stormwater Fees on Commercial Leases

During its 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB 987, a bill which required that the ten separate EPA-licensed storm sewer system (“MS4”) jurisdictions in Maryland (Baltimore City and nine counties-…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial
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